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Kia Sportage battery and electrical Problems



  • lfodlfod Posts: 1
    I need to replace the negative battery cable in my Kia. Obviously, the battery end is easy to find--but where the heck does it connect to the frame (or block)? I'd prefer to remove the old cable, and install the new one in the same place, but I can't trace the cable all the way to the end, and haven't been able to ID the connection point.
  • ronsdawkinsronsdawkins Posts: 3
    edited July 2012
    I have replace the fuel pump, filter, and crankshaft position sensor.. and the relay for the fuel pump. The darn thing seems to delay on starting i have to turn it over several times and then eventually she will start, then she runs like a new car.. no skipping or stalling. I am at a complete loss... I read alot of negative things on here about the kia so I would like to say that I have really enjoyed my sportage. It has always been dependable and reliable... So any information on this would be greatly appreciated
  • well after all is said and done it turned out to be the ECI relay under the hood... kia runs like brand new
  • pwittpwitt Posts: 1
    I checked the fuse did not see any broken. but cant tell about the solid gray ones. did not see a eci relay just a gray main and the little ones I checked.
  • roxyhawkroxyhawk Posts: 1
    Did you ever fix this crazy alarm problem? Mine used to go off when I unlocked driver door with key, but only in very cold weather. In Texas, wasn't going off more than couple times a year for about 3 yrs. Now, it does it in spurts for a few days and its good for a few days. Lately, I've had trouble getting the key to turn a few times. Sometimes it wouldn't alarm if I opened passenger door first, but it went off when I did this last week. I've considered that making a new key might work. Leaving the key in ignition before opening door keeps it from going off when getting out of car. Rear left door won't unlock. Only drivers window goes down with main control. Other windows I have to reach over to use. I was told at dealer that window problem might be master control needs replaced and very expensive. I'm a night person, and alarm going off when I go to the store is waking people.
  • I sprayed wd-40 in my the locks on the drivers side and passenges side and i did not have any more problems with mine..
    Where is sprayed is where I put the key in the door to lock and unlock it.
    Give this a try .. I hope it helps .. Please let me know if it does... It really did the trick for me. so now i do that quite often
  • I got my 2001 Kia Sportage new, in 2001 and never had any major issues other than reg maintance stuff. I can drive the car locally around town durning the day with no issues. However long distances say over 30 miles in a straight shot my car starts to lose power til it dies, like it was running on just battery power. At times I also noticed that if I go over 50 mph, it dies faster. Now, at night, with lights, I can barely drive 5-10 miles before it dies. It's even done it when I charged the battery to full. Yet, When Autozone hooked it up to there thng they use, they say the battery is fine, starter and alternator is fine. I am at a loss. I know when its about to start dying cuz the internal clock starts to dim then goes out and bomb, car dies. But durning the day then the clock starts to din a bit, it then get bright again and I have no issues. Anyone have any ideas, suggestions??? Has anyone had this happen??? :confuse: :confuse: :confuse: :sick:
  • The most intermittent problem that has yet to be solved. Car will run like a champ then all of a sudden it will lose all power...up hill, flat down hill ect. If you put the gas pedal to the floor the RPMs stay at almost zero. Max speed when it decides to do this is MAYBE 20mph....that is if it actually is still running the RPMs. MANY parts have been replaced and noting seems to work. MAF sensor was grounded, throttle position sensor was grounded, new fuel pump/filter...blah blah. Now the interesting thing is that if you put the car in neutral or just park it and turn it will start right up and run perfectly fine for a little bit then will bog down and have to turn it off again. Any ideas? I have searched the internet for hours now and haven't found any help. :sick:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    edited April 2013
    I had a 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 and had that same problem one morning. It turned out to be the alternator. It was about a $350 repair counting the labor cost. Never had a problem with losing power like that again. Same thing as you, the radio started going out and the dash lights dimmed, then the headlights started dimming, then the SUV's accelerator just went down to the floorboard and I had to exit the highway and come to a stop without the power steering working.

    Towed it to a shop and the guy came out and said "It's the alternator. It will not be cheap, that's the trouble with these foreign cars, they get good gas mileage but their parts are expensive." He didn't have the part in stock, the SUV was fixed early the next day. I rented a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-dr. sedan and decided to trade the Sportage 4X4 in about 3 years later, when the 2008 Lancer GTS came out, it was in March of 2007.

    We had a 5-speed standard tranny in our '01 Kia Sportage 4X4 and the SUV's locking hubs worked like a champ for us. Got of unstuck in the ice and snow about 4 times while we had the nice looking little SUV.

    But that's what yours sounds like to me - the alternator.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • misled023misled023 Posts: 2
    It was the alternator and it was replaced by myself and all is well now. :) :)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    good for you for doing the work yourself! Glad you're all fixed up.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I had similar issue on my dodge , the computer was the issue, in hot weather the computer would get bad voltage readings and shut down to protect itself. you can get a used one to replace it but may have to go to dealer to get vin number changed on it soyou can get smog done
  • I have a 2001 Kia sportage. I love it. It's been the best car I've ever owned. However, I have had an issue with it for almost a year now. I will be driving the car and the AC, wipers, and power windows will click off, stay off for a time, click back on, stay on for a bit, click back off. There have been times when it would NOT do this for weeks/months at a time and work normally, then it would start doing it again. Started doing it again the last time someone had to jump start my battery (left a switch on and ran the battery down). I've had several people check it out, had auto zone run the tester on it, checked the wiring and all electrical connections and repaired anything that looked suspicious, replaced the battery, checked the fuses, etc... What's left?
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